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Project by Woodenwizard posted 02-26-2019 06:12 PM 2670 views 16 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For some unknown reason I had this urge to make a new outfeed/assembly table. Not sure why as the old one was very functional. Nevertheless, I submitted to the need to make shop furniture and this is the new Outfeed/assembly table. So far I have to admit it is working great. I added a lot of drawer storage, pull out shelves for storing larger items and a wood vice that I haven’t had. A great addition. Made a lot with scraps and some sheets of ply from Lowes that I got at 50% off because there was damage to the edge. Never hurts to ask. Top is two sheets of 3/4” plywood with 1/4” hardboard top surface. It is 48” wide and 54” long.

I would like to thank many of my fellow lumberjocks for their ideas and suggestions. I used many of them. You all are a great resource and very helpful. The last photo is the old table. Sorry but for some reason I could not get it rotated so it is sideways.

Still debating if I should put miter slots in table and raise it flush to the table saw top. I have the table on adjustable feet and raising it would be easy. Also debating on putting T-track in the top. Any suggestions, comments, ideas or advise on this would be appreciated.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)





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fivecodys

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#1 posted 02-26-2019 07:26 PM

Nicely done John.
Nice score on the plywood too. I agree. Never hurts to ask.
Thanks for sharing.

-- When you leave your shop for the night, make sure you can always count to 10.

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stefang

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#2 posted 02-26-2019 07:34 PM

What a great looking outfeed/table, not to mention all the built-in storage. I made a little outfeed table for my small DeWalt table saw recently and I did route miter slots in it, but I wonder if they will ever be necessary. I’ve never really needed them the last 22 years with my larger table saw, so I doubt I will in the future. I suggest you leave it as it is and only route them if you ever feel a pressing need for them.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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pottz

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#3 posted 02-26-2019 07:40 PM

nice job looks great but the wheels look a little small for the size,mine weigh’s a ton at only slightly bigger.i just added t track to mine and so far find it very useful for attaching various things,although i have to be careful getting glue in the track and i need to blow out the buildup of sawdust,only minor issues though.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Lenny

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#4 posted 02-26-2019 08:25 PM

That is a great looking table John and you HAVE to be loving the additional storage space! I’m certain the vise will get plenty of use.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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EarlS

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#5 posted 02-26-2019 08:27 PM

Dropped this one into my Favorites. I’m going to need something like this after we move. I will have a much smaller shop and I will need a multi=purpose bench/outfeed/storage cube that is mobile…..just like yours.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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sheilatequila

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#6 posted 02-26-2019 10:10 PM

That is beautiful and functional … just what I like. I was going to post the sanding station I built recently, but now I don’t know if I will. There is one big difference between your shop furniture and mine … yours IS furniture, mine is just shop stuff lol.

-- - "There is no scrap wood, just pieces not yet used"

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therealSteveN

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#7 posted 02-26-2019 10:54 PM

Nice looking unit. Certainly hits the mark for shop “furniture” Always looking for storage, so that is a great deal ,you have what appears to be plenty of it.

If that last pic is the old unit then how did you like same height? I think a drop off works, but it just seems weird to me. My vote would be same height. I would also add at least a strip of t track, just so many things you can attach to it for clamping, layout, and whatever. Time wouldn’t be that much, cost is negligible, yeah do it. Says the impulsive half. The more logical half says wait till ya see a need, none of the additions you mentioned would take long to add, if you saw a need.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Sandon

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#8 posted 02-26-2019 10:54 PM

Why is it that some people’s shop furniture look better than my home furnishings? Looks great. Nice job! Love the drawer pulls.

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RCCinNC

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#9 posted 02-27-2019 01:22 AM



Why is it that some people’s shop furniture look better than my home furnishings? Looks great. Nice job! Love the drawer pulls.

- Sandon

Absolutely agree with Sandon. Beautifully done…but I think way to nice for the shop!...That first glue blob, stain spill, or razor knife score mark is going to be a killer… ; ) The drop seems like it would compromise functionality when ripping long boards or large pieces of ply. I’d make it level, and extend the miter slots. I’ve done that with mine and am very pleased with it….though it’s just made of lowly 2×4’s with an mdf top. If that’s what’s in your shop, your home furnishings must be amazing!

-- Live to putter...putter to live!

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oldrivers

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#10 posted 02-27-2019 01:51 AM

A fine looking out feed table, job well done. This a project high on my bucket list.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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kiefer

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#11 posted 02-27-2019 04:13 AM

Very nice and practical cabinet with drawers and leveling feet and not just a out feed/ assembly table but workbench too all in one and all sitting on a wood floor , can get much better the that . the T track will just accumulate dust and
and catch things when sawing but dog holes may be practical for holding things even along the back edge when using the vise.

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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woodbutcherbynight

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#12 posted 02-27-2019 05:57 AM

Wow that is a beauty!!!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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DonB

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#13 posted 02-27-2019 06:11 AM

My outfeed/assembly table is level with the table saw. Not required, but to me it makes handling everything much easier when you slide wood over a flat surface. I agree on the home furnishings comments. Really beautiful work. Now to create some cool saw dust.

-- DonB

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#14 posted 02-27-2019 03:05 PM

Personally, I would not put in T tracks (never found them to be useful or even appealing). I would also not add slots for miter rails as the slots (and the T tracks) will become glue magnets for when it is an assembly table.

My assembly table is flat and mobile so I can put it in the center of the shop and get to all four sides for glueing/clamping/adjusting/whacking etc. If it had T tracks and miter slots I would certainly struggle with things hitting them and having alignment issues. Leave it flat I say!

I would consider some dog hole so you could use a holdfast here and there but even that is questionable.

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Jarrhead

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#15 posted 02-27-2019 05:19 PM

VERY nice. I assume you used the hardboard on the top so it could be easily (and inexpensively) replaced when it gets dinged up? Great idea. I have an outfeed table that I made. While not nearly as nice as yours, I find mine indispensable in the shop. I’m sure you will too. Mine is level with the table saw’s table, and I cut slots about 18” into that side for the bar on the miter gauge. It serves me well as both an outfeed and assembly table. I don’t agree with your other commenters about not adding the miter slots. There have been many cuts I have made that needed the clearance that those slots provide. If you don’t level the table with your saw then I suppose that problem goes away, but it seems the usefulness as an “outfeed table is negatively impacted. I love the continuous support the lumber or sheet goods get from the outfeed table and the table saw being coplanar. I never use that part of the table for assembly, so mucking up the slots with glue has not been a problem. I love the storage your drawers provide. I did not go that route only because I originally had my dust collector for the saw located under the table. I get a lot of satisfaction out of using my woodworking skills to improve my shop. Looks like you do too. Well done, Sir!

-- trn2wud

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